A Good Age
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The difference between a dream and reality, in many cases, is a simple but difficult thing, hard work. In the following pages, Bert Kruger Smith chronicles the efforts of one very determined group of people in converting their dream into reality. Her story is an important one for at least two reasons. First is its message that amazing things are possible if you just believe hard enough, work hard enough, and endure. Its second lesson, however, may be the more important. I believe that the Austin Groups for the Elderly history reminds us that it is still possible to find creative solutions to difficult problems. It underscores the ability that people have to face a crisis and convert it into a vision. And the crisis that the founders of AGE faced is not a unique one, nor is the solution one applicable only to agencies serving the elderly. Indeed, if anything, all those who are attempting to deliver services in this time of such great need and so little plenty should study carefully the efforts of these dedicated people. As I read the AGE story, I thought of the old song "High Hopes." It is very easy nowadays to dwell on the negative, to mourn the unchangeable "way things are," and forget that "high in the sky, apple pie hopes" still can make differences. Austin is a better place in which to live, and, even better, in which to grow old because of Austin Groups for the Elderly.